December 2012

Drax Gets $163 Million From U.K. To Switch To Wood From Coal

Drax Group Plc received 100 million pounds ($163 million) from Britain’s Green Investment Bank to fund its $1 billion plan to convert the nation’s biggest coal- fired power plant to burn wood pellets. The GIB is providing the amortizing term loan alongside Prudential Plc and the M&G U.K. Companies Financing Fund, which committed equivalent funding […]

Demand For Wood Pellets Could Fuel S.C. Manufacturing

The wood pellet industry in South Carolina is starting to pick up steam with one plant ramping up production and another about to be built. When both facilities are operating, South Carolina will have the capacity to produce about 700,000 tons of pellets annually. Still, South Carolina is “a relatively small player in the export […]

Drax Biomass Announces Wood Pellet Production Facility In Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant and officials from Drax Biomass International Inc. have announced the company is planning to construct a 450,000 metric ton per year wood pellet production facility in Gloster, Mississippi, in Amite County. The facility, to be known as Amite BioEnergy, represents a substantial multi-million dollar investment by the company and will create 45 […]

U.S. Wood Pellet Export Lead Grows, Volume To Quadruple

Growing wood pellet capacity in the U.S. South has made the U.S. the largest exporter in the world. Export volumes are forecast to nearly quadruple from an estimated 1.5 million tons this year to 5.7 million tons in 2015, says the North American Wood Fiber Review. North American wood pellet exports come mostly from the […]

PSNH Biomass Plant Burns Millions Of Tons Of Wood Chips

The pungent aroma of fresh wood chips permeates the wood yard at Public Service of New Hampshire’s Schiller Station. Three by three, trucks drive up to the long lifts, lock in their tractor-trailers and send them into the air at almost unimaginable angles to dump their 30-ton loads of chips into the holds. They have […]

German Pellets: Wismar Seaport Discharges 20,000 Tons Of Wood Pellets

A vessel with nearly 20,000 tons of wood pellets was discharged at Wismar seaport for the first time this week. The port of Wismar is becoming an ever more significant place of pellets transshipment for the pellets producer German Pellets located at the site, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom […]

Australia’s Curtin University Nets $3.6 Million For Biomass Gasification Project

Australia’s Curtin University received a $3.6 million grant from the nation’s renewable energy agency (ARENA) to support the development of innovative biomass gasification technology at the school’s Fuels and Energy Technology Institute (FETI). The project involves a technology that will convert biomass into a clean fuel for an engine that will then generate electricity. “The […]

USFS Awards Colorado Stewardship Contracts

Stands of dead timber in the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest near Steamboat Springs will be among those harvested during the next decade under a stewardship contract announced this week by the U.S. Forest Service. The $4.75 million contract awarded to Confluence Energy of Kremmling is one of two such contracts totaling $13.4 million. A second, […]

Pellet Boilers At Louisville Municipal Building Expected To Save $10,000 Annually

Two new pellet boilers recently installed at Louisville Municipal Building are expected to save the town more than $10,000 annually while putting money back into the local economy. Councilman Dan O’Keefe said the board was having heating issues at the building, which was less than seven years old, when he was elected to the council. […]

HM3 Energy Achieves Breakthrough In Replacing Coal With Biomass

A Gresham, Oregon-based cleantech startup and Northwest winner of the 2011 Cleantech Open has taken a big step toward someday replacing coal with biomass to make large-scale thermal power generation carbon neutral. Torrefied biomass is forest debris that has been converted to charcoal. Torrefied biomass technology provides a path for coal-fired electric generation plants to […]


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